3.Cristiano Ronaldo at Allianz Stadium (Juventus v Real Madrid- 2017)

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is no doubt a special player. He is one of those we say come in a generation. The Portuguese has lifted five Ballon d’Or awards in his career so far and he can still win more. He lifted his first during his time at Manchester United.

This year, the Los Blancos visited Allianz Stadium in Italy for a quarter-final clash against Juventus. It was expected to be a fierce match because the two sides met in the final last year. The Spanish side triumphed but the time they were determined to go all the way. CR7 had other ideas. He made the match his own in Turin. He netted a quick goal and then in the second half came a moment he will not remember for years. The winger scored a beautiful acrobatic bicycle kick goal. The entire stadium including the home fans gave him a standing ovation for that special strike.

2. Ronaldinho at the Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid v Barcelona – 2005)

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In 2005, Real Madrid received a thorough thrashing from a great Barcelona side led by Coach Frank Rijkaard. However, It was not the win that made Santiago Bernabeu stand up in unison at the end of the match but it was the magic they had just witnessed in front of their eyes that left them speechless.

Ronaldinho had just terrorized Madrid defenders in a manner not seen before at the venue and the fans knew right there that they had witnessed something special. They all woke up at the final whistle to cheer him despite the fact that he had just helped their rivals win El Classico.

1.Ronaldo at Old Trafford (Manchester United v Real Madrid – 2003)

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In 2003, Ronaldo De Lima of Brazil visited Old Trafford with Real Madrid for the second leg of Champions League. It was few months after helping his country win the 5th World Cup trophy in Japan and Korea.

Then, he did the unthinkable; he scored a super striker hat-trick to end Manchester United European hopes in the quarterfinals. When he was substituted, the Red Devils fans joined few traveling Madrid supporters to stand up and give a legend a big cheer of appreciation. Man United still won the game 4-3 but history was made that night.

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